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Poster: Arl13 Date: Jul 10, 2009 8:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Victory At Sea

I spoke with someone at the NBC News Archives and she said that Victory at Sea is not in the public domain.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jul 10, 2009 6:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Victory At Sea

Many television networks believe that their television broadcasts are protected as "Unpublished works" by a common law copyright until they are either registered for copyright or "published".

Broadcast is not strictly publication. However, publication is defined as creating copies and distributing them to the public. This can either be direct distribution (such as marketing videos or film prints) or it can be distribution to a third party for showing to the public (film rental for schools, cinemas, local TV stations). Victory at Sea was a heavily syndicated program worldwide and the feature version was distributed to cinemas and TV stations worldwide. Any claim of protection as an unpublished work for the 33/34 years between publication and registration should fall flat in court.